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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 17, 1913, Image 13

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. The chief h'afl-'lohn'pani-gan.
Joim krijewayihb wa& sum
moned. , He lef th&flf e? station,junder
the diiapproyhiffJopks-o( 'ais.cQm
panions: Nohody'spQlce ttf'himf that
was far harder -tgan if thfey had
spruuuueu aimv! jeproacues are ior-
"WhatVThisa: Heari'ABofftiYou eing
' ' ,
gotten, .but theyrhad:;given?him the
silence. , . s' '
The old. chief turned, round at his
desk:'...., I ,; "Vv"A;-
"Sit'doyn, ;Hanigaii,"ihe!said, glar
ing atthim xiadephis :bushyeyebr6ys.
There"-was a leeVsUend.e... Harrigui
sat upon.the'edgeiofc'hls. chair; finger
ing his cap. t ' ' V
, "What?s siJ.lheabou,your be
ing a cowar dK1Jobn? V'askedlthe: chief ?i
yet so"mu3CHarngaii' took1
courage to' glance up at him. Chief
.Bethany had the reputation of being
a martinet The. least infringement
of disciple' meant ..one of those
neyer.fprgo.tten? talks. For any seri
ous offense :th'e'penalty was dismissal.
Bethany would have none bul the
best men under .him.
"They say," .safd Bethany mildly,
"that at the fire -in Wih'pole street
las.t-night ybu hung.back instead of
going up' the, ladder."
"Yes, sir," said. John and began
stammering, out .his excuses. IUwas
his. first big. .fire, and the sight of
that 'flaming hell had paralyzed 'his
limbs', although his heart was brave
enough. He, had only1 wanted some
one to4ead him, some word of en
couragement to.doleroic deeds. But
alone,, ne cquld nottake the initiative.
"John, Harrigan," said Bethany,
"J've been on the force for seven arid
thirty years..-When I was. a young
ster; I was a coward. At my first fire
I.hung back. Because of that a wom
an died. I've never told anyone but
youHarrigan, becausel've never met
another coward but you. John," he
continued, "go back to your company
and act'like a man:"
Harrigan found the tears f running
doyn bisfcheeks when.he got outside.
Chief Bethany a- coward?- Why,
everyone knew thati was the brav
est fireman in the-country. .Well, if,
he had done that and yet redeemed
himself, Harrigan could.
The firemen received -the news of
his reinstatement, badly. - Some voted
for ;hazing him, others for-blackjack-ing,
but finally, they agreed to give
him rope.'' "He'll do worse for him-,
self than that,'was the general ver
dict'. V- '-","
'Harrigan .could endure their si
lence. - He v knew that, if only his
chance came, , he -could redeem him
self. But Mary Conner, his sweet
heart was.'' told of the aiffair by a
rival." She'wrote.him a curt little note
of dismissal. I don;t want to marry a
coward," she saiL When.hejmet hej,
on'.jtEeVseie.tls.iew tattjded, So.oa
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